From Beethoven to Bolt to Air Bud, film history is filled with award-worthy dogs. And while man's best friend has yet to bring home a statuette on Oscar night, that doesn't mean you can't throw your pooch and his or her pals a star-studded Academy Awards party of their own. Here are four things to keep in mind as you plan your doggie Oscar party.
Make It a Black-Tie Affair
If your dog's every move speaks class and grace, consider an Oscar soiree that celebrates classic Hollywood glitz and glamor. Line your home's entryway with a velvet-roped red carpet, break out the smartphones, and let your furry friends strut their stuff. From hand-smocked gowns to top hats and tails, dogs have a variety of options when it comes to formal wear.
If your pooch is more the Kevin Smith type than the Kevin Kline type, don't worry. Try putting an irreverent spin on Academy Awards fashion with a tuxedo tank top or black-tie bandana. In a pinch, a dressy harness, blinged-out necklace, or luxurious Chewy Vuiton handbag can take your darling doggie from day to night, too.
Keep the décor modest and sophisticated. String a line of golden bones across the mantle, for example. It's your fuzzy guests' night to shine — and perhaps try to eat your decorations — so keeping things simple is a smart idea. Serve pup-friendly cupcakes paired with champagne chew toys, and don't forget to send your guests home with a bag full of Oscar party swag, such as snacks or puzzles.
Or Throw a "Come as Your Favorite Character" Bash
When it comes to movies, your dog has seen it all. Little Sarah Jessica Barker has been there through good times, bad times, and more Vin Diesel movies than any pet should ever be subjected to. With just a little creativity on your part, your pup can celebrate the Academy Awards in style — the style of one her film favorites, that is. Here are just a dozen of many, many character costumes your dog can rock on Oscar night:
Don't Forget Your Human Guests
Whether you choose a glitzy theme, splurge on canine costumes, or just keep things simple, be sure to keep your human partygoers' interests in mind, too. The main point of a doggie Oscar party is spending quality time together with your pooch. Consider weaving a few party games into the evening's festivities, for instance. (Really, what else are you going to do when they start handing out awards like Best Documentary Short?) There are a variety of games and activities that can be enjoyed by the dogs dressed to the nines, the humans fiercely debating Best Picture, or both:
Keep the Menu Dog-Safe
It's not a party without snacks, and it's not a doggie Oscar party if there's nothing on the menu geared specifically toward your canine guests. Dogs can't — or at least shouldn't — eat most people food, and you don't want your little Howard Hughes or Whoopi Goldberg to go hungry during the Academy Awards' lengthy, lengthy telecast. The following treats are safe for dogs to chow down on while they root for their favorite flicks:
If you go the cake route, make sure you use a dog cake mix or, better yet, enlist the help of a specialty bakery. Ideally, your dog shouldn't eat the same cake that you do. Your dog should also never eat the following, so it's best to leave these foods and ingredients off the party menu altogether:
While you and your dog can't share a giant piece of chocolate lava cake while you celebrate your favorite cinematographer's big win, you might consider coordinating some of the human food at your doggie Oscar party with what the pups are eating by serving canine-inspired snacks such as puppy chow (also known as muddy buddies), pupperoni pizza, or breadstick "bones."
Few things in life are finer than curling up with your pup and watching a movie. On the movies' biggest night, reward your dogs — and yourself — by including them in a pet-friendly Oscar bash. After all those Police Academy movies you made them sit through just because they love you, they've certainly earned it.
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